I’ve been watching Queer Eye for the Straight Guy since it started on BravoTV three weeks ago. I read somewhere that Bravo, which is owned by NBC, had the highest ever viewership for this premiere. Apparently, it was so successful that NBC presented a half-hour teaser version one night last week after Will and Grace.
It’s a funny and cute show, but I can’t help but feel occaisionally embarassed for the straight guy when the gay guys – known as the Fab 5 – cruelly put him under the microscope. Some of them are so vicious, as only queens can be. Waving the victim’s skid-marked skivvies around like a flag goes beyond tasteful and isn’t funny at all as far as I’m concerned. It’s juvenile, gross and unnecessary. Really, shit happens to all of us.
Now that I’ve watched the third episode, I’m getting pretty tired of the formula and the nasty sniping. I suspect there’s a lot of other viewers who feel the same way. After a few more “makeovers” I’m gonna bet that half the audience will be gone.
I didn’t see the half-hour NBC teaser but I wonder if they included some of the more gross moments, and whether the teaser increased the viewership for the hour-long show on Bravo.
As for Boy Meets Boy, it was exactly like ABC’s The Bachelor. So formula. The twist in this one is that some of the 15 men are straight. Foul, I cry! Why is that necessary? Did the original of any of these so-called reality dating series ever include homos as candidates for the single person to try to weed out? No. Still, like a train wreck, I’ll probably watch it. For a while, anyway.